Selected Poems and Letters

Selected Poems and Letters

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Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Essays. Translated by Christopher Middleton. Although he received little recognition during his lifetime, Friedrich Hoelderlin (1770-1843) has come to be considered one of Europe's greatest poets. His visionary work--at once local and cosmic--has influenced such figures as Rilke, Heidegger, Celan, and Cixous. This bilingual volume contains translations of thirty-one poems and fourteen letters, as well as an Introduction, Notes, and commentary by the highly regarded poet and translator Christopher Middleton.
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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 18mm | 385g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9491780069
  • 9789491780066
  • 1,521,451

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"This is an extraordinarily rich and powerful selected assemblage of Hoelderlin's writings--poems and also letters--bilingual and translated with intense inwardness, situated by accompanying commentary and discussion in both the historical contingency of the poet's Lebenswelt and at the same time in his passional spirit-thinking as it evolves and informs his poetical experiments. There have been many previous versions into English of the most celebrated of these poems, but these here come unmistakably from the imaginative intelligence of another strenuously original poet, at exceedingly close connection with Hoelderlin's wrestle with language, its upward reach into the fleeting semi-permanence of the divine presences and its probing downwards into the Germanistic roots of a language-culture at this time in historical and political turbulence. Middleton's full and thoroughgoing Introduction pre-empts earlier (and later) translation dalliance with spirit-fancy by his rigorous and persistent precision." (J.H. Prynne); "It is wonderful to have all this [work] 'bound by love in one volume,' as Dante said in a different context, allowing us to see more clearly the nature of Middleton's long engagement with Hoelderlin and to appreciate the close relationship between his roles as a translator, as a critic and, more obliquely, as a poet... A sense of risk and acuity, sharp stabs of intellectual venture, can be felt in everything [Middleton] wrote. The translations are reliable, modest and intense. Middleton's sensitivity to formal questions, to the way the shape and timbre of the poem modulate with the development of its preoccupations, is present in both his translating and his critical writing, and joins them together... We are taken right into the sense-making heart of the writing, and witness not the transposition of meaning but its reconstitution on the page, in the different conditions of the new language and time... [This] volume-beautifully produced-is a model of imaginative and committed publishing, and its value is self-evident." (Charlie Louth, Times Literary Supplement)
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About Friedrich Hoelderlin

Johann Christian Friedrich Holderlin (1770-1843) was a major German lyric poet. Although he received little recognition during his lifetime, he has come to be considered one of Europe's greatest poets. His visionary work--at once local and cosmic--has influenced such figures as Rilke, Heidegger, Celan, and Cixous.
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